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Anti-aging Medicine

Oludemi Taofiq, Sandrina A Heleno, Ricardo C Calhelha, Maria José Alves, Lillian Barros, Maria Filomena Barreiro, Ana M González-Paramás, Isabel C F R Ferreira
The cosmetic industry is in a constant search for natural compounds or extracts with relevant bioactive properties, which became valuable ingredients to design cosmeceutical formulations. Mushrooms have been markedly studied in terms of nutritional value and medicinal properties. However, there is still slow progress in the biotechnological application of mushroom extracts in cosmetic formulations, either as antioxidants, anti-aging, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agents or as hyperpigmentation correctors...
October 14, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mohamed Kauser, Vagesh Sr, Kumaraswamy Rc, Asfia Afreen
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is a chronic asymptomatic disease, often goes unnoticed for decades before it presents to the medical fraternity with devastating consequences. Low patient adherence is amenable for modification for better control of hypertension, if factors contributing to it are understood. Study was undertaken with the aims of assessing the factors responsible and their relative contributions toward nonadherence among hypertensives. DESIGN AND METHOD: We conducted a prospective observational study from August 2013 to August 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Lawrence Appel
The identification of explicit blood pressure targets for clinical management remains controversial, particularly in older individuals with co-morbidities. Recommendations from the panel appointed to the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) and results of the SPRINT trial have rekindled interest in this issue. JNC8 recommended a higher (more relaxed) BP goal of < 150/90, instead of the traditional BP goal of <140/90, in persons aged 60+. In contrast, the recently completed SPRINT trial, which enrolled high risk patients without diabetes, documented that a lower (more stringent) SBP goal of <120 mmHg reduced total mortality and cardiovascular disease events compared to <140 mmHg...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Manuela L Ferreira, Andrew McLachlan
Sciatica is a debilitating condition affecting approximately 25 % of the population. Typically, the patient will complain of lower limb pain that is more severe than pain in the lower back, usually accompanied by numbness and motor weakness. Most international guidelines recommend pharmacological management for the pain relief of sciatica, including paracetamol, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioid analgesics, anticonvulsants, and corticosteroids, among others. However, the evidence for most of these pharmacological options is scarce, and the majority of clinical trials exclude older patients...
October 13, 2016: Drugs & Aging
Bing-Mae Chen, Yu-Cheng Su, Chia-Jung Chang, Pierre-Alain Burnouf, Kuo-Hsiang Chuang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Tian-Lu Cheng, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Steve R Roffler
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a biocompatible polymer that is often attached to therapeutic molecules to improve bioavailability and therapeutic efficacy. Although antibodies with specificity for PEG may compromise the safety and effectiveness of PEGylated medicines, the prevalence of pre-existing anti-PEG antibodies in healthy individuals is unclear. Chimeric human anti-PEG antibody standards were created to accurately measure anti-PEG IgM and IgG antibodies by direct ELISA with confirmation by a competition assay in the plasma of 1504 healthy Han Chinese donors residing in Taiwan...
October 11, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Chihiro Tohda
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a recognized incurable neurodegenerative disorder. Clinically prescribed medicines for AD are expected to bring about only slight symptomatic improvement or a delay of its progression. Another strategy, amyloid β (Aβ) lowing agents, has not been successful at memory improvement. We have hypothesized that an improvement in cognitive function requires the construction of neuronal networks, including neurite regeneration and synapse formation; therefore, we have been exploring candidates for radical anti-AD drugs that can restore Aβ-induced neurite atrophy and memory impairment...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Lamiece Hassan, Jane Senior, Roger T Webb, Martin Frisher, Mary P Tully, David While, Jenny J Shaw
BACKGROUND: Mental illness is highly prevalent among prisoners. Although psychotropic medicines can ameliorate symptoms of mental illness, prescribers in prisons must balance clinical needs against risks to safety and security. Concerns have been raised at the large number of prisoners reportedly receiving psychotropic medicines in England. Nonetheless, unlike for the wider community, robust prescribing data are not routinely available for prisons. We investigated gender-specific patterns in the prevalence and appropriateness of psychotropic prescribing in English prisons...
October 10, 2016: BMC Psychiatry
S Gérard, D Bréchemier, A Lefort, S Lozano, G Abellan Van Kan, T Filleron, L Mourey, C Bernard-Marty, M E Rougé-Bugat, V Soler, B Vellas, M Cesari, Y Rolland, L Balardy
BACKGROUND: The estimation of the risk of poor tolerance and overdose of antineoplastic agents protocols represents a major challenge in oncology, particularly in older patients. We hypothesize that age-related modifications of body composition (i.e. increased fat mass and decreased lean mass) may significantly affect tolerance to chemotherapy. METHOD: We conducted a systematic review for the last 25 years (between 1990 and 2015), using US National library of Medicine Medline electronic bibliographic database and Embase database of cohorts or clinical trials exploring (i) the interactions of body composition (assessed by Dual X-ray Absorptiometry, Bioelectrical Impedance Analyses, or Computerized Tomography) with pharmacokinetics parameters, (ii) the tolerance to chemotherapy, and (iii) the consequences of chemotherapies or targeted therapies on body composition...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Stefanie Wintrich, Gerd Horneff
OBJECTIVE: To determine patient characteristics, clinical presentation, pattern of involvement, treatment, and outcome of patients with chronic non-bacterial osteitis (CNO). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Consecutive cases of CNO were analyzed at a single center for pediatrics and adolescent medicine from 2006 to 2013 in terms of patient characteristics, clinical presentation, pattern of involvement, treatment, and outcome. RESULTS: We identified 32 children aged 1...
December 2015: Eur J Rheumatol
M Schiavon, M Francescon, D Drigo, G Salloum, R Baraziol, J Tesei, E Fraccalanza, F Barbone
BACKGROUND: INTEGRA(®) Dermal Regeneration Template is a well-known and widely used acellular dermal matrix. Although it helps to solve many challenging problems in reconstructive surgery, the product cost may make it an expensive alternative compared to other reconstruction procedures. This retrospective study aims at comparing INTEGRA-based treatment to flap surgery in terms of cost and benefit. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We considered only patients treated for scalp defects with bone exposure in order to obtain two groups as homogeneous as possible...
October 3, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Wendy Del C Dzib-Guerra, Fabiola Escalante-Erosa, Karlina García-Sosa, Séverine Derbré, Patricia Blanchard, Pascal Richomme, Luis M Peña-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Formation and accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) is recognized as a major pathogenic process in diabetic complications, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, reactive oxygen species and free radicals have also been reported to participate in AGE formation and in cell damage. Natural products with antioxidant and antiAGE activity have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of diabetes, hypertension and related complications. Objective: to test ethanolic extracts and aqueous-traditional preparations of plants used to treat diabetes, hypertension and obesity in Yucatecan traditional medicine for their anti-AGE and free radical scavenging activities...
October 2016: Pharmacognosy Research
Stéphane Mouly, Célia Lloret-Linares, Pierre-Olivier Sellier, Damien Sene, J-F Bergmann
An interaction of drug with food, herbs, and dietary supplements is usually the consequence of a physical, chemical or physiologic relationship between a drug and a product consumed as food, nutritional supplement or over-the-counter medicinal plant. The current educational review aims at reminding to the prescribing physicians that the most clinically relevant drug-food interactions may not be strictly limited to those with grapefruit juice and with the Saint John's Wort herbal extract and may be responsible for changes in drug plasma concentrations, which in turn decrease efficacy or led to sometimes life-threatening toxicity...
September 28, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Oratai Neamsuvan, Pattaraporn Bunmee
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Skin diseases are common health problems which affecting to all ages. In Thailand, the number of patients diagnosed with skin diseases is increasing every year. Nowadays, The Ministry of Public Health is supporting and promoting herbs for treating various disorders, including disorders of the skin to reduce the problem of antibiotic resistance and adverse drug reactions. This study aimed to: (1) enumerate the herbal weeds for treating skin disorders; (2) study local knowledge of weed utilization for treating skin disorders according to the folk healers in Songkhla and Krabi province; and (3) study quantitative data by Informant consensus factor (ICF), Use value (UV) and Fidelity level (FL) value...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Alexander Aliper, Aleksey V Belikov, Andrew Garazha, Leslie Jellen, Artem Artemov, Maria Suntsova, Alena Ivanova, Larisa Venkova, Nicolas Borisov, Anton Buzdin, Polina Mamoshina, Evgeny Putin, Andrew G Swick, Alexey Moskalev, Alex Zhavoronkov
Populations in developed nations throughout the world are rapidly aging, and the search for geroprotectors, or anti-aging interventions, has never been more important. Yet while hundreds of geroprotectors have extended lifespan in animal models, none have yet been approved for widespread use in humans. GeroScope is a computational tool that can aid prediction of novel geroprotectors from existing human gene expression data. GeroScope maps expression differences between samples from young and old subjects to aging-related signaling pathways, then profiles pathway activation strength (PAS) for each condition...
September 24, 2016: Aging
Jean-Marie Beis, Morgane Renard
OBJECTIVE: Anti-NMDA (N-Methyl-D-Aspartate) receptor encephalitis (NMDA-E) is the second cause of autoimmune encephalitis in adults. The objectives of this presentation are to describe the main clinical elements and rehabilitation specificities. OBSERVATIONS: Three female inpatients (mean age: 25) present with moderate to severe behavioural and/or psychiatric disorders, seizures and presence of associated tumor in one patient. Presence of anti-NMDA antibodies in the cerebrospinal liquid confirmed diagnosis...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Khawla Achour, Eya Mersni, Bassem Krifa, Emna Bahlouli, Sonia Lebib, Catherine Dziri
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to determine the epidemiological and characteristics and the therapeutic modalities of heterotopic ossification in brain injury. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study conducted between January 2010 and January 2016, including patients hospitalized for management of sequelae of an isolated head injury or associated with multiple trauma, and in whom the diagnosis of of heterotopic ossification (HO) was increased. A review of epidemiological data (including age, sex, occupation, type of neurological injury, discovering circumstances of HO), clinical data, the therapeutic choice and evolutivity...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Catherine Dziri, Ines Aloulou, Ines Loubiri, Meriem Rekik, Fatma Zohra Ben Salah, Anouer Abdallah
OBJECTIVE: Knee osteoarthritis is the most common site of osteoarthritis in Tunisia with a prevalence according to Tunisian League Anti-Rheumatic (LITAR) of 27.3%. The functional impact of knee osteoarthritis can cause major disability. The objective of this study is to identify priority disability of knee osteoarthritis by evaluating the Mactar index. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: Prospective descriptive study in the department of physical and rehabilitation medicine at Kassab Institute for six months with adult subjects suffering from knee pain associated with radiographically confirmed knee OA...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Harish C Pal, Ross L Pearlman, Farrukh Afaq
Chronic inflammation is a prolonged and dysregulated immune response leading to a wide variety of physiological and pathological conditions such as neurological abnormalities, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, pulmonary diseases, immunological diseases, cancers, and other life-threatening conditions. Therefore, inhibition of persistent inflammation will reduce the risk of inflammation-associated chronic diseases. Inflammation-related chronic diseases require chronic treatment without side effects...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
May Griffith, Mohammad M Islam, Joel Edin, Georgia Papapavlou, Oleksiy Buznyk, Hirak K Patra
Biomaterials are now being used or evaluated clinically as implants to supplement the severe shortage of available human donor organs. To date, however, such implants have mainly been developed as scaffolds to promote the regeneration of failing organs due to old age or congenital malformations. In the real world, however, infection or immunological issues often compromise patients. For example, bacterial and viral infections can result in uncontrolled immunopathological damage and lead to organ failure. Hence, there is a need for biomaterials and implants that not only promote regeneration but also address issues that are specific to compromised patients, such as infection and inflammation...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Juan Chen, Xue-Feng Hou, Gang Wang, Qing-Xiang Zhong, Ying Liu, Hui-Hui Qiu, Nan Yang, Jun-Fei Gu, Chun-Fei Wang, Li Zhang, Jie Song, Lu-Qi Huang, Xiao-Bin Jia, Ming-Hua Zhang, Liang Feng
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Multiple lines of evidences have suggested that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-related inflammatory responses play a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Moutan Cortex (MC), the root bark of Paeonia suffruticosa Andr., is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has been used clinically for treating inflammatory diseases in China. The findings from our previous research suggested that terpene glycoside (TG) component of MC possessed favorable anti-inflammatory properties in curing DN...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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